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Aroldis Chapman New York Yankees

Great comment by Michael Kay in the tenth inning yesterday.

"And so Aroldis Chapman gives up his first run of the year. The run is unearned. He didn't put that runner on base. Someone with a great imagination did."

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Daniel Lynch Kansas City Royals

What did they see at the alternate training site that made them think he was ready?

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Brad Hand Washington Nationals

Actually, Hand blew two saves yesterday,

Gave up a run in the bottom of the ninth to cost Scherzer the win.

Gave up a run in the bottom of the tenth to cost himself the win.

1. A.J. Minter (ATL) – Will Smith has pitched in three of four.
2. Jose Cisnero (DET) – Gregory Soto has also pitched in three of four, including a 25 pitch out yesterday
3. Ryan Helsley (STL) – Alex Reyes and Giovanni Gallegos were both used for more than 3 outs yesterday and both threw close to 30 pitches.
4. Daniel Hudson/Will Harris (WAS) – Brad Hand has pitched in two of three, including a 29 pitch blown save yesterday. Daniel Hudson has also pitched in two of three, but only three 7 pitches yesterday.

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Blake Treinen Los Angeles Dodgers

Can't help but notice the discrepancy between his BABIP and G/L/F. Seemingly an endless assault of seeing-eye grounders.

For future reference: after 15 games, .441 and 63/17/20.

The Monkey reports last night's action.

Los Angeles Dodgers — In a game where the Dodgers’ once led 13-0, it’s amazing that there even was a save opportunity yesterday, but with a 14-11 lead in the ninth, the Dodgers called on Blake Treinen.  Treinen struck out a pair in a scoreless ninth for his first save of the season.  Manager Dave Roberts said that Kenley Jansen was available but since Treinen had already warmed up in case he was needed in the 8th, they just let him finish the game.

Hierarchy remains: Jansen | Treinen | Gonzalez.

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Kevin Gausman San Francisco Giants

The Jints are sticking it to the Pads.

Kevin Gausman (P) SF - May. 08

Gausman (3-0) gave up one run on three hits and a walk while fanning seven across six innings in Saturday's win over the Padres. He earned the win.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Gausman improved to 3-0 while recording his fifth quality start of the season, and he has given up more than one earned run just once in the current campaign.

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Avisail Garcia Milwaukee Brewers

Batting .260, BABIPing .343 before the stat feed.

.260 is the new .300.

Avisail Garcia (OF) MIL - May. 08

Garcia went 3-for-5 with a two-run home run in Saturday's 6-2 win over the Marlins.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: He took John Curtiss deep in the fifth inning, Garcia's first homer since April 18 and fourth of the year. Despite the lack of recent power he's still been plenty productive, going 15-for-30 over his last nine games with eight RBI.

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Michael Chavis Boston Red Sox

Michael Chavis (2B) BOS - May. 08

Chavis went 1-for-6 with a two-run home run in Saturday's 11-6 win over the Orioles.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Seeing his first action since his promotion Friday, Chavis took Zac Lowther deep in the second inning for his first homer of the year. Chavis has slugged 24 home runs over 138 games during his MLB career, but he's also struck out 179 times including two whiffs Saturday.

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Ehire Adrianza Atlanta Braves

Batting .250 before we get the stat feed. BABIP .229, G/L/F 36/17/47.

Ehire Adrianza (SS) ATL - May. 08

Adrianza went 3-for-3 with a run, RBI and walk as Atlanta beat Philadelphia 8-7 Saturday.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Adrianza entered in the seventh and proceeded to get on base four times in five innings including a walk-off single in the twelfth. He's been successful in a reserve role this season with a .302/.340/.535 slash line.

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William Contreras Atlanta Braves

Crazy game in Atlanta. Contreras comes to the plate in the 12th having gone 0-for-5 with 7 LOB. 

Phillies led 3-0 after two. Braves finally score one in the sixth, then two more in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game.

Phillies score a phantom run in the top of the 11th. Braves answer back with a phantom in their half.

Phillies push three across in the 12th. Braves load the bases with no outs in their half and up steps Contreras. Lines a ball into the left field corner to clear the bases with help from McCutchen, who can't field the ball cleanly and can't throw it where he's meant to.

As I type, Contreras gets to third on a bunt by somehow reaching around the tag with his right hand. As I keep typing, he scores on a single by Adrianza and what's left of a packed house -- PACKED HOUSE -- screams its head off.

As I type, Contreras is giving an interview in Spanish, socially distanced out on the field, saying all the right things.

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Nate Pearson Toronto Blue Jays

Starting for the Blue Jays tomorrow.  Not sure whether it's a spot start or he's up for good.  He had a good, but short outing at AAA earlier in the week.

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Yonathan Daza Colorado Rockies
I had him for a week then had to cut him to put Chisholm on RSV and replace his spot on the active. 
van wilhoite LVW

After a fifth of the season (the halfway mark last year), it's interesting to compare the leagues differences.

BA: AL .233     NL .233

OBP: AL .306    NL: .313

SA: AL .392     NL .389

ERA: AL 4.06  NL 3.99

Interleague play: AL 24 - NL 24

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Albert Pujols Los Angeles Angels

Seems like Milwaukee would make some sense with their hole at 1st base.

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Yonathan Daza Colorado Rockies

Anyone know why he has only 1 at bat this week?  Is he dinged up?  Looks like they have settled on Hampson in center.

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Jarred Kelenic Seattle Mariners

No home runs yesterday, but he did find a way to go 2-for-4 with a stolen base and a couple of runs scored. 

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Gary Pettis Detroit Tigers

Great article Peter, thanks for the link

Willie Mays San Francisco Giants

From the AP account of last night's game:

Mays was ferried for a lap around the warning track in a classic, aquamarine blue-and-cream-colored 1956 Oldsmobile. Recorded tributes to Mays from numerous celebrities inside and outside of baseball appeared before and throughout the game. A partial list: former President George W. Bush, baseball commissioners Bud Selig (former) and Rob Manfred (current), Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Ken Griffey Jr., Dusty Baker, Orlando Cepeda, Snoop Dogg, Wayne Gretzky, Magic Johnson and Tom Brady.

Barry Bonds, baseball's all-time home run leader and Mays' godson, not only taped a video but also was shown next to the "Say Hey Kid" in his suite as public-address announcer Renel Brooks-Moon led fans in singing "Happy Birthday" before the top of the fourth inning. Mays received a cake shaped like a fielder's glove with a frosting-covered "ball" in the pocket.

3:40 minutes of sheer joy. He looks fantastic.,game_tab=videos,game_state=final,game=634240

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Austin Slater San Francisco Giants

His oppo in the seventh gave the Giants the win at home last night against the Padres. Slater came into the the game three for his last 25 and O for his last 11. He scored three of the team's five runs and stole a base. Giants moved 1 1/2 up on the Padres, 2 1/2 up on the Dodgers. Willie Mays circled the field in a 1956 Oldsmobile before the game while 9,129 lucky fans sang happy birthday. 

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Seth Brown Oakland Athletics

What were the odds? The last time Seth Brown faced a lefty he was at the alternate site.

Yesterday's Biggest Play

Batter: Seth Brown (OAK)

Pitcher: Jeffrey Springs (TBR)

Situation: Bottom 9th, 2 out, 1-1 count, Bases Empty

Score:  OAK 1, TBR 1

Home Run (Fly Ball to Deep RF)
1 run scored on the play, and OAK went from a 54% win probability to a 2-1 walk-off win.

View the full game Boxscore at

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